Tired of boring ole fried chicken? Korean fried chicken not doing it for you? That cholestrol level getting a tad too low today? Then check out these colored Taiwanese chicken steak that we’ve recently stumbled upon! Taiwanese fried chicken cutlet, otherwise known as G-Pie/Jipie/雞排, is a fixture at pretty much every night market across Taiwan. In the last couple of years, Northern California has seen our fair share of specialty G-Pie shops spring up all around different cities.
G-Pie has been a mainstay in Taiwan for decades. Just about every street corner you’ll find a vendor selling their version of this crispy, oily, and drool inducing fried chicken that has become synonymous with Taiwanese night market culture. Yet, the G-Pie really hasn’t changed all that much from when my parents were students in Taiwan. Jipai Sense(彩色雞排) looks to change all that by turning the G-Pie on its head and giving it a plastic surgery makeover and blowing up the internet food scene as we know it.
Jipai Sense in Taichung is catching fire all around Taiwan for their unique take on the fried chicken cutlet. Their cutlets are not only huge, but they come in 8 different colors! This chicken isn’t made by slapping food coloring onto a slab of fried amazeballs – not at all. Each color represents a different flavor profile ranging from sweet, to tangy to uh… flowery?
If you can understand Mandarin-chinese, peep the video below.
The cutlets are made with natural coloring derived mainly from veggies and fruits. From left to right, here is how each color is flavored.
- Red Peony
- Matcha Green Tea
- Blue Gardenia
- Purple Sweet Potato
- Sweet Beet Root
- Black Squid Ink
While flavors such as matcha and tomato are pretty common place, I have no idea what blue gardenia or red peony actually tastes like in any food. A quick google search reveals Absolut vodka has a recipe for blue gadenia mixer, but its not like blue gardenia is used as a flavoring agent in a Chipotle burrito.
Each slab of chicken weighs approximately 300 grams(or 0.66 lbs) and are marinaded with an assortment of chinese herbs and medicinal spices. So while you are barraged with flavoring agents from the crunchy skill, your taste buds are also assaulted as you bite into the tender white meat of each piece of chicken. With a price of 65 NT($2 USD) these chicken cutlets are super affordable. Additionally, there is one secret flavor on the menu that you can ask for.
Jipai Sense is started to grow into different outlets all around Taiwan. The original stall is still in Taichung with new shops opening up in Tainan, Kaohsiung and Taipei. Visit Jipai Sense’s Taipei Facebook page to find out where you can get your hands on these explosive colors. If you are in Tainan, check out this Facebook page. Lastly, to drool on your keyboard work, here is Jipai Sense’s Instagram account for you to follow.
Sadly, I haven’t heard of any immediate plans to get some of these colored G-pie over here in the United States. If you hear of anything, feel free to drop us a line on our Facebook or Twitter account. Here in the Bay Area you can find G-Pie’s at Shihlin Snacks with locations in Milpitas, Berkeley and soon-to-be, Stonestone Galleria. Personally, I really like Chick & Tea in Milpitas, but honestly, you can’t really screw up fried chicken. For you lucky butts in LA, you have access to one of the most famous mainstays in Taiwanese night market lore – Hotstar.